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To the Ends of the Earth 

In 1812, young British aristocrat Edmund Talbot travels by ship to Australia, and learns more about himself and about life than he had ever bargained for.
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Series cast summary:
Benedict Cumberbatch ...  Edmund Talbot 3 episodes, 2005
Jared Harris ...  Captain Anderson 3 episodes, 2005
Jamie Sives ...  1st Lieutenant Summers 3 episodes, 2005
Richard McCabe Richard McCabe ...  Mr. Brocklebank 3 episodes, 2005
Victoria Hamilton ...  Miss Granham 3 episodes, 2005
Tim Delap ...  Mr. Bowles 3 episodes, 2005
Vanessa Pike Vanessa Pike ...  Mrs. Pike 3 episodes, 2005
Jonathan Slinger ...  Mr. Pike 3 episodes, 2005
Robert Hobbs ...  Lieutenant Cumbersham 3 episodes, 2005
Sam Neill ...  Mr. Prettiman 3 episodes, 2005
Chris Walker Chris Walker ...  Oldmeadow 3 episodes, 2005
Denise Black ...  Mrs. Brocklebank 3 episodes, 2005
Paula Jennings Paula Jennings ...  Zenobia 3 episodes, 2005
Brian Pettifer ...  Wheeler 3 episodes, 2005
Tom Fisher Tom Fisher ...  Askew 3 episodes, 2005
Daniel Evans ...  Parson Colley 3 episodes, 2005
Theo Landey ...  Bates 3 episodes, 2005
Calum Callaghan Calum Callaghan ...  Willis 3 episodes, 2005
Adam Woolf Adam Woolf ...  Phillips 3 episodes, 2005
Jonathan Pienaar ...  Smiles 3 episodes, 2005
Kirsty Motzouris Kirsty Motzouris ...  Phoebe Pike 3 episodes, 2005
Kelly Motzouris Kelly Motzouris ...  Annibel Pike 3 episodes, 2005
Daniel Newman Daniel Newman ...  Gibbs 3 episodes, 2005
Danelle Drury Danelle Drury ...  Mrs. East 3 episodes, 2005
Damon Berry Damon Berry ...  Mr. East 3 episodes, 2005
Lionel Newton Lionel Newton ...  Jones 3 episodes, 2005
JJ Feild ...  Lieutenant Deverel 2 episodes, 2005
Niall Macgregor Niall Macgregor ...  Lieutenant Benét 2 episodes, 2005
James Gracie ...  Billy Rogers 2 episodes, 2005
Joanna Page ...  Marion Chumley 2 episodes, 2005
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In the early 1800s young Edmund Talbot travels on a not too sea-worthy ship to New South Wales to take up a post with its governor. He keeps a journal, recording his impressions of crew and passengers. He gets on well with the Captain, Anderson, an amateur botanist who grows plants in his cabin, but, due to a social gaffe, well-meaning young parson Colley falls foul of the captain, later getting drunk and having gay sex with crew members. Despite Edmund's efforts to broker an understanding he remains in his cabin, where he literally wastes away. Edmund has a sexual encounter with the comely Zenobia, travelling with her parents, but he comes to realize that they are not related at all, merely a sexual threesome. Miss Granham, travelling to take up the job of a governess, falls for the older Mr. Prettiman, whom Edmund despises as a free-thinker, though they eventually reconcile. Prettiman is badly injured in a fall and Miss Granham agrees to marry him immediately, with flowers provided ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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An Epic Journey of Self Discovery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 2005 (UK) See more »

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(3 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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16 : 9
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Denise Black and Theo Lande were robbed and kidnapped while filming in South Africa. They were on their way back from scuba diving when they had a flat tire on an isolated dirt road. An armed gang of six men came upon them, took their money, credit cards and mobile phones, frisked them for anything else of value, then put them into their car and drove away with them. Eventually, they stopped and forced Cumberbatch into the trunk of the car, but he began telling them that he had a heart and brain problem and might die in the small space, and they would get into a great deal of trouble if found with a dead Englishman. Following an argument among the kidnappers, he was taken out. After stopping under a bridge, the actors were made to get out and crouch, and after a few terrifying minutes, they realized their assailants had fled the scene. See more »

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At the end of the series when Edmund is on the dock looking out at the small boats, the same slender blond girl wearing a tan blouse passes behind him twice, from left to right, in a few seconds. See more »

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[repeated line]
Edmund Talbot: Good God!
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Here's a Health Unto His Majesty
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Better late than never.
20 August 2016 | by enavarro1See all my reviews

At last, something different, something different, something different! After flailing around (day after day) in the never-ending soup of present day cinematic, repetitive, mundane bilge ... stumbling across this wonderful series is like finding the proverbial oasis in the desert. I wish to thank the gods of Netflix for making it available and allowing me (admittedly late) to find and watch it. As a new-found fan of Mr. Cumberbatch (via Sherlock), I had just started to search out his other works when I found this wonderful epic.

I found it to be an excellent period piece that kept me enthralled and interested from beginning to end. And the end ... so refreshingly lifting in spirit and emotion. The language was impeccable and precise. The acting fantastic and the drama left little wanting.

I pray that the BBC Production Company never stops seeking out and filming these types of films.


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